Easy Dining Room Chair Slip Covers

How to make you own dining room chair slipcovers.


Things you will need:

3m x 3m fabric per chair
sewing machine
20cm x 1.5m fabric per chair for the sash


A set of thin legs like this have to be covered with a skirt of some sort. If it wasn’t for the spindly legs I probably would’ve just reupholstered in my fabric of choice.
I was hoping to get a nice outdoorsy florally cherry red for the slip covers but hubby wisely said he’s not paying R600.00 per chair for fabric. I agreed with him that we might as well get new chairs. Note to self: Have to remind myself this blog is about frugal decorating. So plan B was finding something more cost effective as it will be outdoors all summer anyway and might not be around next summer anyway. I found some unlined Jacquard curtains at R149.00 for 2 drops in the perfect cream color I love so much. I have a habit of finding the fabric I want first whether it be a table cloth or duvet and then transforming it into the item I want like a decorative pillow case, table runner or curtain.

I had about 4 different patterns in mind but eventually settled on the least sewing and cutting route. The whole slip cover is one piece if the seams had to be undone.


Start at the back and let the fabric (right side down) drape to the floor. Take it over the chair back, tuck it loosely between the front of the chair back and seat and let it drape over the seat to the floor. I had used some spare curtains to make sure a drop will be long enough before I purchased the curtains for the chair covers. Unfortunately I realised not all curtains are made equal as it was at least 10cm shorter than the ones I had and that was with seams and tape removed. Keep the tape as we will be making bedroom curtains from a flat sheet with it soon. Nothing gets wasted.


Make sure the fabric is centered on the chair and if you’re obsessive compulsive make sure the pattern on the fabric is also centered on the chair. Good luck with getting both at the same time.


Pin it making sure you do not catch the chair itself in the process. Pin down the sides only, sew down the seams, and pull it over the chair this time right side up.


Now it will be easy to pin and tuck as there is room to manoeuvre under the chair. This part involves a lot of fussing especially if the backrest is narrower than the seat. Here you will have to pin, tuck, smooth and pull depending on the individual chair. Turn the fabric right side in and sew down the remaining sides after following step 1 for this side as well.

Stitch the sash down the length, turn inside out and sew the open seam by hand. Tie around the chair in a bow or tie a knot and let it hang loosely.


Et Voila
3 more slip covers to go and a matching seat cushion for a backless bench I have yet to find, sand and stain. Very 80’s matchy matchy I say.

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